The benefits of studying in a residential programme | Aga Khan Academies

The benefits of studying in a residential programme

13 February 2019

One unique advantages of the Aga Khan Academies network is the fact each of our schools offers residential facilities, enriching the the student experience by exposing young students to quality sports and recreational facilities as well as activities that aid in their growth. The focus of the Academies’ residential programme is on students’ intellectual, social, spiritual and physical growth in a structured and ethical environment. The environment in the residences are one of which supports and assists in the student´s development into the next phase of their life. 

The Aga Khan Academy Maputo is set to open their new residences this academic year. This will open opportunities for students from Mozambique and outside to study the IB within Mozambique. The Academy in Maputo strives to follow in the footsteps of the Academies in Mombasa and Hyderabad by bringing the same warm and supportive environment, fostered by the residential architecture. Moving from a day school to a residential academy can bring many benefits in a child´s ability to learn. 

As written in Forbes,“Today’s boarding school students succeed at significantly higher rates than private day and public school students, especially in college and adult life, according to a recent study conducted by the Arts & Science Group of Baltimore for The Association of Boarding Schools, (TABS).”

Some key benefits for students include:

  • Learning to be a responsible individual
    Living and studying in a residential Academy means that the student learns at an early age what it means to be a responsible individual. This means students are able to understand what it is like to take care of themselves and their belongings. Also according to the Forbes article, the TABS study found that 78% of boarding school grads felt well prepared for the non-academic aspects of college life, such as independence, social life, and time management, compared to 36% of private day and 23% of public school students.”
  • Thriving in a diverse and unique environment
    Students become exposed to other students and they are able to share experiences and their culture differences. This creates tolerance and understanding among students and their cultural diversity.
  • Living away from home
    Living away from home is beneficial to the student because they are able to away from distractions. Being in a residential Academy the student is able to have direct contact with the Academy facilities and are on activities that can be more stimulating for them academically. Key differences to living at home include the fact that dormitories are separated into the boys and girls’ residencies. Students are ‘dorm parents’ – a carefully chosen group of teachers who live in faculty apartments within the residences.

We are looking forward to opening the Maputo residences soon. If you would like more information on our residential programme, please contact us.